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The Ithacan – Twilight Movie Review

December 5, 2008

source: The Ithacan

I totally disagree with some of what she says, because it sounds like she doesn’t know the whole story line…but it’s okay.

‘Twilight’ fails to deliver substance or action
Vampire romance provides little for viewers to sink their teeth into
By Monica Watson | Staff Writer
December 4th, 2008


The ominous opening begins with a lone deer running through the woods as a mysterious man chases after it, darting through trees, running at high speed. The intense chase ends as the man catches the deer in his bare arms. The scene would lead the viewer to expect a fast-paced action film full of surprises and drama, but sadly “Twilight” fails to deliver.

On Nov. 21, theaters across the country were filled with hoards of screaming fans for the premiere of the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s popular book series “Twilight.” The film, which is No. 1 at the box office thanks to the already large fan base of the book series, presents an interesting plot but falters in its acting and unrealistic special effects.

The movie begins with Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, leaving sunny Arizona for rainy Forks, Wash., to live with her estranged father, Charlie, played by Billy Burke. During her first day at school, Bella spots the mysterious Cullen family, five teenagers and their adopted parents Esme and Dr. Carlisle Cullen, played by Elizabeth Reaser and Peter Facinelli, respectively. The whole family has an unusual pallor about them that draws in the attention of others. Bella’s eyes are instantly drawn to Edward, played by Robert Pattinson, and the movie revolves around her attraction to him.

When the two first meet, Edward treats Bella like she has an excessively bad case of body odor. Every time the two speak to each other, the audience is forced to sit through bad attempts to portray teenage angst. With unnecessary pauses between every word the two speak, the dialogue is both strained and painful to watch.

Bella begins to grow suspicious of Edward after he saves her life by rescuing her from being hit by a speeding van. Edward’s super-fast speed, along with the strange coldness of his skin and his changing eyes, leads her to conclude that he is a vampire. After he confirms her suspicions, Bella refuses to shy away from him even though she is fully aware of the dangers that go with their relationship.

While most scenes suffer from lame clichéd lines and dull acting, there are a few good scenes between the two leads. During one passionate kissing scene, Edward and Bella surprisingly have the ability to play off of each other, and the two also share great chemistry during a scene where Edward puts his arm around Bella in their school parking lot. With better direction, the few good scenes could have been the standard instead of the exception since the relationship between Bella and Edward seemed otherwise unrealistic.

As their relationship grows, Edward decides to introduce Bella to the other Cullens. Rosalie, played by Nikki Reed, is the beautiful older sister who makes no attempt at hiding her contempt for Bella, while Alice, played by Ashley Greene, is friendly and welcoming. Carlisle and Esme fit the roles of kind and loving parents through their protective and kind manner. Edward’s two brothers, Emmett and Jasper, who features an abnormally unmoving face, are played by Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone, respectively.

A film about vampires may lead viewers to expect an action-packed movie, but the action doesn’t come in until late into the plot. The movie’s only dramatic fight scene takes place when another vampire, James, played by Cam Gigandet, becomes obsessed with killing Bella merely because of a look Edward gave him

It is difficult to say what is really at fault for the low quality of the movie. The viewer may jump to blame the scriptwriter, but depicting all the cheesy elements of Stephenie Meyer’s novel is no easy task. The movie’s special effects are positively laughable. Watching the vampires run through forests and climb trees is reminiscent more of Shaggy and Scooby Doo than the dark beings they are supposed to portray. Stewart lacks emotion and speaks in monotone, while Pattinson contorts his face and body in the oddest ways.

A sequel to the film has already been confirmed, thanks to the massive amount of opening-day sales. The viewers can only hope the next installment of the series will exceed this first mediocre attempt.

“Twilight” was written by Melissa Rosenberg and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. It received two out of four stars.

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